This is a multidisciplinary Learning Marathon for those who itch to create. Over 6 months we’ll experiment and collaborate as we grow ourselves and our practices, together.
Whether you’re a pro or a hobbyist, this peer group will unlock possibilities for your craft. We’ll share techniques, swap skills and fuel each other’s exploration. The journey will end with a collaborative showcase event, weaving together our unique talents and sharing our learning with the world.
Is it for me?
Do you love making stuff? Does the idea of trying out new techniques fill you with glee? Do you want to cultivate your creativity in the company of other curious and crafty people?
This is an opportunity to invest in your creative powers, as you explore a personal question within our wider collective journey. We aim to create a new, more nurturing type of ‘art school’ — one where we’re all students and teachers - there to enrich our own and each others’ growth.
Do it to
Go on an adventure with your craft. Make unexpected and exciting work, fuelled by new ideas, materials and techniques.
Connect with other creatives. Pool your ideas, skills and networks. Open doors to new opportunities.
Carve out time for yourself and the thing you love. Make creation part of your regular routine.
Hi I'm Katie, a freelance designer based in London. Having participated in 2 Learning Marathons, I'm now hosting a 6month online journey that celebrates my favourite thing: making.
Raised in the North East of England, I've spent my adult life exploring how design, as an indicator of thought and love, changes the way people feel and interact with the world. My work spans visual, service and UX design. My greatest joys are offline, namely: cooking, crafting and being in water.
“Katie’s a creative catalyst. She’s a spring of energy – a midwife for bringing ideas into the world
Sophie Howarth, Founder, School of Life
How do you approach diversity and inclusion?
We believe that placing peer-to-peer relationships at the heart of learning creates huge potential for a more inclusive approach to education. We also know that a very deliberate effort is required to deliver those benefits in reality. A top cited value point for Enrol Yourself participants is that they learnt alongside people they wouldn't otherwise have met and were able to exchange their perspectives, ideas, experiences and more.
We want to welcome and support anyone with a strong intention to take part in our programmes, and aim to ensure that your identity or background will not be a barrier. Whilst we don't have it all figured out yet, we are working on it.
What does the programme look like?
Due to the evolution of COVID19, this programme will be hosted entirely online. Our marathon will kick off with a jam-packed weekend where we’ll get to know each other and co-design our journey. We'll then connect and collaborate in fortnightly evening meetups, which each participant will take turns to lead. Buddy sessions will keep us on track and Power Up days will accelerate our progress. The journey will end with a showcase event, designed by the group to shine a light on our learning.
What does the application process look like?
Applications for the Maker’s Marathon open on Tuesday 5th January. Once open, the application process is simple. There is no art-school style portfolio application — we only care about your passion to make. If this feels like something that calls you then you can register interest and we’ll share the application form with you when it opens. In the meantime, you can request more info at the bottom of this page, and feel free to reach out to Katie for an informal chat.
How much does it cost?
Costs range from £750 - £1350 depending on your circumstances. There are also a small number of bursaries available. If you are able, we encourage you to contribute to our higher tier. This makes it possible to offer these lower cost places facing barriers to access, allowing you to learn as part of a more diverse group. We are aware that this is a financially precarious moment for many, so if you want to participate but you need financial support, please raise this when we connect.
How will making together work if we're online?
Good question! In our kick-off weekend, we'll co-design our group learning journey, with each participant contributing an idea for the evening workshop they will host. With an online programme, our workshops will need to adapt to two constraints. First: workshops will need to be designed to work over video call. Second: workshops will need to be designed so that participants can easily assemble any necessary materials in advance and at low cost/for free, to ensure everyone can take part.
Register your interest with the Host to receive the information pack. You can also request a phone call and some resources to take to your employer if you think they might be able to (partially or fully) sponsor your place on the programme.